An English nobleman is kidnapped by Native Americans in 1825. He shares a home with them and gets to know their way of life. He eventually becomes a member of the tribe and hopes to… Read all An English nobleman is kidnapped by Native Americans in 1825. He shares a home with them and gets to know their way of life. He eventually becomes a respected member of the tribe and seeks to lead them. An English nobleman is kidnapped by Native Americans in 1825. He shares a home with them and gets to know their way of life. Eventually, he is accepted as part of the tribe and aspires to become their leader.
Beautiful images of the Sioux way of life and traditions are captured by Silverstein’s camera in their broad outdoor settings.
The year is 1825
John Morgan, a British gentleman, is taken by Sioux warriors at the start of the narrative. At first he’s mocked and treated like an animal and then he’s dragged to their camp where he is given to work for an old squaw (Judith Anderson).
Soon, the “great white gentleman” arrives with another hostage Batise (Jean Gascon), whose family was slaughtered by Indians five years before, and serves as Morgan’s interpreter. One day after killing two Shoshone Indians from another tribe and scalping one of them, John gains trust and respect from his captives thus paving the way to be soon a warrior, then a loving husband
The film’s centerpiece is the Sun Vow that Morgan must bear to prove his courage to withstand all tests of pain in order to gain the hand of Running Dear (Corinna Tsopei) sister of Chief Yellow Hand (Manu Tupou). The English aristocrat is seen as being weak since he is white and would give up in the crucial situation.
Other poignant scenes include the Indian virgin preparing for marriage by taking her sweat bath in order to be pure, the tragic events involving an Indian mother who loses her son and has no other son or man, how she amputates her forefinger, and how, when winter arrives, she passes away from the bitter cold.
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